Auction of 155-year-old Niepoort vintage port in Lalique
Published: Thursday, 25 October 2018
What is possibly the oldest Niepoort port in Lalique, each engraved with the name of one of five van der Niepoort generations, will be auctioned by Acker Merrall & Condit on Nov 3 in Hong Kong.
Housed in five Niepoort in Lalique 1863 demijohn decanters, each piece is signed Lalique, numbered and filled with the exceptionally rare 155-year-old vintage port, from an original Niepoort demijohn decanter. The liquid was first filled in 1905 with the first 1863 port in the Niepoort cellar in Porto, Portugal; it’s also a tipple that has been rated 100-points by international wine critic James Suckling.
As well, each decanter represents a generation of port wine dynasty from its foundation in 1842 by Franciscus Marius van der Niepoort up to Eduard Dirk van der Niepoort, the fifth generation, who runs the company today.
The decanter design, meanwhile, is based on the original 11L demijohn from 1905 created using one of the oldest glass production methods as well as a cire perdue or “lost wax” technique passed down from generations of skilled craftsmen. The decanter is presented in a bespoke Macassar ebony wood cabinet with Lalique grape pattern crystal inlays, also crafted by the glassmaker.
“We only have one demijohn from 1905, which houses our first wine from 1863,” said Dirk van der Niepoort. “It is an incredibly rare port defined by years of dedication and craftsmanship. A big wine, but very refined, not too sweet but highly concentrated - it is the oldest port we have ever bottled and we wanted to do something very special with it. The collaboration with Lalique is a truly momentous occasion to commemorate our remarkable journey over five generations.”
Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique, shares his view.
“We have created a highly collectable work of art, which marries the two houses and is deserving of one of the greatest wines in the world. Masters in their respective fields, Lalique and Niepoort are joined by mutual respect and an unwavering commitment to craft, artistry and beauty and going beyond the ordinary.”